PH bags 20 more gold in Asean Schools Games

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Team Philippines earned two more gold medals—one in gymnastics and one in basketball—in the 2017 Asean Schools Games being held in Singapore.

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Palarong Pambansa standout Justine Ace De Leon won gold in the boys’ artistic gymnastics individual vault at the Bishan Sports Hall after scoring 13.600 points.

He defeated silver medalist Lincoln Forest Lightman of Singapore, who scored 12.900 points and bronze medalist Thar Aung Htet of Myanmar, who got 12.575 points.

Juancho Miguel Besana failed to post a podium finish in the boys’ artistic gymnastics individual floor exercise following his 12.450-point output, just .200 point behind bronze winner Teoh Chuen Loong of Malaysia (12.650).

Lightman dominated the event this time with a score of 13.000 while Watcharaphon Phimphila of Thailand took the silver (12.700).

In girls’ basketball at the Our Tampines Hub, the Filipina cagebelles competed a sweet sweep of their four-game campaign to claim the top honors.

The Philippines routed host Singapore 82-32 on the final day of the competition.

The Filipinas also blasted Indonesia (78-48), Thailand (77-75) and Malaysia (65-47).

Kent Jane Pastraa, Rhocel Bartolo, Melody Cac, Marylyn Estacio, Caila Galamiton, Alyssa Gonzales, Stephanie Villapando, Kristne Cayabyab, Gypsy Canuto, Patricia Ann Mendoza, Karl Ann Pingol and Princess Marie Fabruada were the members of the gold-medal team.

So far, the Philippines has 12 gold, six silver and 18 bronze medals.

But it wasn’t good enough, as the Filipinos dropped to sixth place.

Malaysia took over the fifth spot with 13 gold, 11 silver and 27 bronze.

Host Singapore also surged on top with 20 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze followed by Thailand with 20-15-27.

Erstwhile topnotcher Indonesia fell to third with 19-26-26 followed by Vietnam with 18-18-9.

Myanmar remained seventh (0-0-4) and Laos eighth (0-01).

Brunei Darussalam and Cambodia failed to win a single medal.

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